PRESS STATEMENT | #NoToSecretTrial of Nnamdi Kanu: INVITATION TO PEACEFUL PROCESSION

We invite the general public and members of the
press to our peaceful procession to protest the
attempts to conduct the trial of detained Indigenous
People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in
secret. The procession will begin at the Unity
Fountain on Friday April 21st, 2017 by 0900am.

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This procession has become necessary in the light
of the FGN’s continued insistence to conduct the
trial in secret. It is our firm belief that a secret trial
in such a high profile matter does not serve the
interests of the course of justice or Nigeria’s
national security interests.

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Furthermore, Sections 36(3) and 36(6)(d) guarantee
the right to a public trial and to examine all
witnesses called by the prosecution to all Nigerians
citizens. These attempts to try Nnamdi Kanu in
secret not only potentially violate these rights but
also constitute a precursor to the erosion of the
rights and freedoms of the Nigerian people.

In the build up to this procession, we have held a
meeting with a security team comprising the State
Security Services (SSS), the Commissioner of Police
in charge of the Abuja Command of the Nigerian
Police Force and representatives of the Nigerian
Army.

During this meeting, we reiterated our intention to
conduct a peaceful procession in the manner of all
our previous processions. We also reiterated our
intention to exercise our right to peaceful and lawful
assembly as guaranteed by the Constitution.

We are well aware of the subtle and not so subtle
threats made at this meeting. However, we refuse
to be intimidated by them. In this wise, our protest
will go on as planned.

We urge all Nigerians who plan to attend to be
peaceful and law abiding during the procession.
God bless Nigeria.

Signed:
Deji Adeyanju Dr. John Danfulani Secretary
Convener
FOR: Concerned Nigerians.

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